My favorites of 2009

One of my New Year’s resolutions (and one I’m hoping to actually stick with) is to blog more.  Since I’m waiting on my edit for Prom and Prejudice, I will have some more time…for now.  One feature I’m thinking of doing is a weekly “Friday’s Favorite” where I talk about something I am really enjoying: be it books, movies, music or TV or something completely random.  So I thought I would kick if off by looking back at some of my favorites of 2009.

FAVORITE BOOK: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  I LOVED this book.  I was eagerly anticipating the sequel to The Hunger Game and was VERY lucky to get an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of the book.  I couldn’t put it down.  It’s hard to talk about the book without giving anything away, but I will say this: when I read the last line, I closed the book and said aloud to my empty apartment:  “Holy crap, that was a good book!!”  Then I paced around my apartment freaking out for the rest of the night.

FAVORITE CD: Give it up for my girl, K. Clark!  There was A TON of good music last year: Phoenix, Passion Pit, Editors, Metric, Temper Trap, Owl City, Franz Ferdinand, Gomez, um, GLEE… BUT the one CD that dominated my Top 25 Most Played list on my iPod was Kelly Clarkson’s All I Ever Wanted.  I love Kelly.  She’s awesome and that girl can SING.  I can’t workout unless “I Do Not Hook Up” or “Don’t Let Me Stop You” is playing.  Plus, I saw her in concert and she was unbelievable.  AND I’m totally going to brag because I got to meet her!

Me with Kelly!

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Who doesn’t love GLEE?  People with no heart, that’s who!  This show makes me smile, makes me sing, makes me want to go back to high school…well, maybe not.  I love the characters, especially Sue Sylvester (“Get on the Sue Sylvester train, destination: horror!”) and Wheels (I have a little crush on Artie, I want to give him a hug and bake him cookies).  The dialogue is sharp and witty.  And then there are the songs!  My highlights so far: “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Defying Gravity” and OF COURSE “My Life Would Suck Without You.”

FAVORITE MOVIE: (500) Days of Summer – this movie is funny, smart and very clever.  Plus, it has a dance number in it…and karaoke!  Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an amazing performance (I was crushing on him a bit too!).  One of my favorite scenes is when they do a split screen of him attending a party.  On one side is “fantasy” - what he is hoping will happen and the other is “reality” – what really happens.  It was riveting and heartbreaking all at the same time.  Plus, the soundtrack is awesome.

FAVORITE CONCERT: I already discussed this one on my blog, of course Paul McCartney at Citifield.  Unbelievable.

Until next Friday…or sooner!  I know I’ve got another installment of Behind the Book that’s well…really behind!